Asteroid Amber of Western North Carolina HTHT Gets Rave Reviews!

Asteroid Amber of the Asheville, North Carolina High Touch High Tech office recently visited Glenn Marlow Elementary School in Mills River, NC to do our “What’s the Matter” program. The student’s learned about evaporation, molecules, polymerization, chemical reactions and more, through hands-on experiments! The student’s loved the in school field trip with Ms. Asteroid Amber so much, that they created Thank You cards to give to her. Here are a few of those awesome student thank you’s!

Notice the HTHT logo on the lab coat!

This student remembered our cart!

Making putty!

Such great students at Glenn Marlow!

This student liked the balloon pop experiment!

Second graders learning about polymerization!

Asteroid Amber teaches about polymers at Glenn Marlow!


Thanks Glenn Marlow Elementary students for these lovely Thank You notes! We hope that you learned a lot on your in school science field trip! We can’t wait to visit your school again in the future!


Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines- Quantum of the Seas, High Touch High Tech Training

There’s a new ship in town and High Touch High Tech is on it! Partnering with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, HTHT will be providing FUN science experience to cruise go-ers that sail the new Quantum of the Seas!

“With the introduction of Quantum of the Seas in Fall 2014 (and with the introduction of Anthem of the Seas in 2015 and Ovation of the Seas in 2016), Royal Caribbean takes WOW innovations to new heights — literally — with the unveiling of North StarSM, an awe—inspiring experience where a jewel-like glass capsule takes guests on a spectacular journey more than 300 feet in the air to deliver unprecedented 360-degree views; RipCord by iFly®, the first skydiving simulator at sea; as well as the first bumper car and roller skating offerings at sea.”

Quantum of the Seas--Science Program Training

Adventure Science Lab

The North Star

“Leave it to Royal Caribbean International to literally and figuratively take you to a higher place. One of Quantum class’ most anticipated features, the exclusive North StarSM promises to elevate you both physically and emotionally, revealing 360-degree views of a world you’ve truly never seen before! Simply step into the North Star intimate, jewel-shaped capsule and gently ascend over 300 feet above sea level, where you can take in breathtaking views of the ocean, the ship, and the exciting destinations that we visit.”

“The largest indoor active space at sea is also the most revolutionary. There’s never been a venue like SeaPlex before: offering a circus school, full-size basketball court, and the first-ever roller rink and bumper cars at sea. Not to mention delicious bites provided by the first food truck to ever set sail and music from a floating DJ booth suspended overhead. This is going to change the way you play.”

Countdown to Christmas – The Science of Snowflakes

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With Christmas just around the corner (10 days away in fact), lets take a look into the science of snowflakes. Snowflakes are not just ordinary pieces of ice, they form randomly with extravagant designs and sculptures! Snowflakes are formed from water vapor that condenses directly into ice inside of clouds. They take shape as water vapor molecules (one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms) condense and freeze on the surface of a seed ice crystal, and the unique and intricate patterns emerge as these ice crystals grow. The seed crystal itself forms on a tiny particle, like a speck of dust in the air, which serves as a base for ice growth. The basic shape of an ice crystal is determined mostly by the temperature in which it forms and slightly due to the humidity.


Check out this video below for a little history about the science of snowflakes and more information:


Think About It Thursday: Where Does Mistletoe Grow?


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Pucker up, Think About It Thursday is back again! This edition we will discover the strange place where that jolly little green plant, mistletoe, actually grows!

Mistletoe is considered a semi parasitic plant. Meaning that it will attach itself to a tree or shrub, the roots will penetrate the branches and absorb water and nutrients from the host plant. Birds and small animals will eat the mistletoe’s berries and distribute the seeds onto other tree branches. The mistletoe plant is not considered a full parasitic plant because some species have the ability to photosynthesize for a short period of time. Mistletoe can grow on one branch in a tree and only kill that branch or it can take over and kill the entire tree! However, mistletoe is an important addition to the ecosystem because many small animals and birds rely upon it for food and shelter.



Think About It Thursday: Why Do Some People Need Glasses?

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On an eye chart each line  has been assigned a number. During the eye test, patients will close or cover one eye and try to read each line of the chart until the letters become too small to read easily. If you can read the line labeled 20 from a distance of 20 feet, this means you have 20/20 vision. As a general rule of thumb, 20/20 vision is considered “normal vision”.  If however, you can only read the letters/numbers on the top of the chart at 20/200, from only 20 ft away, you are technically legally blind.

If you have difficulty seeing things that are far away, you are considered “near-sighted”. Meaning that you can see things that are close to you, but things that are farther away appear fuzzy and out of focus.

If you have difficulty seeing things just in front of you, then you are “far-sighted”, meaning you are able to see things much more clearly that are farther away from you.

People wear glasses or contact lens in order to correct these impairments. Glasses and contact lenses use convex or concave lenses to bend the light entering the eye. This refocuses the eye, helping to correct vision problems.

Take a look at this neat resource for children to keep them active while watching TV!